Falmer to Jevington

This Sunday 29th March we repeat the popular Falmer to Jevington ride we did in January.

We take the train from Seaford/Newhaven/Eastbourne to Falmer (arriving at 8:30) and ride back along the South Downs Way. 25 miles of cross country epicness with breath-taking scenery (and breath-taking climbs). The ground conditions should be much better than January, making it easier than before.

There are options to split up at Jevington: continue back to Eastbourne on the SDW or return to Seaford via The Plough and Harrow. Ride leaders are stopping at the P&H, but the road route back is easy to follow if you ride on your own.

Full details are in our online calendar and the ride report from last time can be read here: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/sunday-mtb-ride-report-25th-january-2015/

London to Paris – 2 Cities, 4 Days, 300 Miles

During last year’s glorious summer I was persuaded by some good friends to dust off my old rusty mountain bike and join them for some short cycle rides to the beach where we enjoyed some wine and a bbq or two.

I enjoyed the cycling so much and was looking for a new challenge so in a moment of pure madness I decided to sign up for the London to Paris Bike Ride which will take place in April this year.

Having committed myself I then realised that this was in fact a huge challenge and I was going to need lots of support and advice to get me there.

I had heard a lot about Cycle Seahaven so decided to contact them with the intention of joining.

My first ride was a Thursday night pub ride where I met some fabulous people and had a great night out.  I have since been on many Thursday night rides and have also enjoyed a number of Sunday mtb rides.

The London to Paris ride is all on road so I needed to purchase a new road bike (something I have never owned before) and after discussions with the boys at Mr Cycles, Seaford I came home with a lovely shiny Giant.  I also needed to start training on the roads to get my road mileage up and so I joined the Sunday Touring Club Ride and the Tuesday Touring Ride both led by Clive.

Cycle Seahaven has given me the opportunity and support to prepare for my challenge and without their help and advice it would have proved incredibly difficult to achieve.  In addition, I have had some fantastic fun times and have made some great friends.

I was looking for a new challenge but in fact have found a new hobby which will last a lifetime.

The purpose of my challenge of cycling from London to Paris is to raise awareness and funds for a charity which is very close to my heart – LUPUS UK (charity no 1051610).  Lupus UK is the national charity that helps those with systemic lupus and discoid lupus.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) causes the body’s immune system to go into overdrive and start to attack itself.  The symptoms are many and varied and will often include extreme fatigue and chronic panic.  Lupus can attack organs which makes this illness life threatening.  There is currently no cure.  (for more information on Lupus and or Lupus UK please visit www.lupusuk.org.uk)

If you would like to support me in my challenge you can visit www.doitforcharity.com/JBarlow and make a donation. Alternatively I am hosting a Dinner and Quiz night on Wednesday 8th April at the Hampden Arms in South Heighton.  This is a ticket only event and tickets are on sale now for £12 per person from The Hampden Arms or the office at Three Ponds Holiday Park.  Teams of up to 6 people and dinner is a 2 course set meal.

Thank you for your support

Joanne Barlow

Club Ride, Sunday 8th March 2015

Club Ride, Sunday 8th March 2015


Post-ride relax on the beach


Newhaven West Quay

Sunday MTB – Ride Report 15th March 2015

Ten riders started out from The White Lion for our usual Sunday morning ride. This time we planned to ride to the Courtyard Café at Southease Youth Hostel. The ground was dry & firm and we had a following wind for much of the outward journey. All that winter riding in rain and over soft ground had paid off:  we arrived half an hour before the café opened. We did however use the new public workshop facilities outside the café to inflate a tyre with a slow puncture. It’s handy to know these facilities exist for emergency repairs.

Debbie shows off the cycle tools at Southease YHA

Debbie shows off the cycle tools at Southease YHA

Rather than wait in the cold for the café to open we carried on to the new café at The Big Park in Peacehaven for coffee and cake (and bacon sarnies) (and bacon & egg rolls).

The Bridleway from Telscombe Village to Bullock Down

The Bridleway from Telscombe Village to Bullock Down

Bikes at the Big Park Cafe

At the Big Park Café. Bikes on the outside, coffee and cake on the inside.

Our return route was via the popular Cycle Seahaven route for road and off-road riders: turning left off the busy A259 down Valley Road and past Meeching Valley School,  to pick of the cycle lane behind the Jolly Boatman and back to Seaford. At over 20 miles this was certainly one of our longer rides,  but the improving conditions are making lengthier outings much easier.

Folding bikes for city commuters

Carlton Reid is an almost evangelical advocate for cycling and also guest writes for motoring.co.uk Carlton has previously released an unexpectedly popular Kickstarter book ‘Roads were not built for cars’. His latest article in motoring.co.uk is bound to cause some ‘effect’ with its readership by stating that car commuters should ‘Buy a folding bike and keep it in the boot. Park on the outskirts of the city and cycle the rest of the way in.’. You can read the full text of this amusing (to cyclists) article here:


Big Park Opening – Ride Report

On Saturday  7th March Cycle Seahaven hosted a Cross Country 15 mile loop around Castle Hill Nature Reserve. There were 8 riders who started out from Peacehaven’s amazing new Big Park, and we headed North West on roads and bridleways to the Northern edge of Woodingdean. We then went East to pick up the South Downs Way, with its wonderful sunny views over Falmer and the villages in the Lower Ouse valley. The picture below was taken at Cold Coombes ridge on the South Downs Way. You can see the white arcs of the AMEX stadium under Neil’s arm.

At Cold Coombs ridge on the SDW

At Cold Coombs ridge on the South Downs Way

At South Farm we left the South Downs Way to head south to Telscombe Village via Cricketing Bottom, then back to The Big Park. We crossed the Meridian Line four times during the ride. Here’s a picture of me straddling the Eastern and Western hemispheres on the South Downs Way at Mill Hill.

Gus straddling the Eastern and Western Hemispheres

Gus straddling the Eastern and Western Hemispheres


The Big Park have written a report of the hugely successful opening day, which you can read here: http://bigparksproject.org.uk/the-sun-shone-on-the-big-park/

New Gazebo

We have this week received from the manufacturers our new “Pop Up” shelter and designer table top. The first outing is this Saturday at the Big Park opening in Peacehaven, so come along and see us. I will be on hand to discuss any Cycle Seahaven matters and will be able to deal with new member enrolment or renewal subscriptions.

In future we will have our shelter at all the local events we attend, so come and see us.


Denis Bass

Treasurer & Membership Secretary

Valley Road Development

A plan to build twelve x three bedroom houses and four x two bedroom houses, including creation of an access route from Valley Road has been proposed in Newhaven. Cycle Seahaven regularly use Valley Road to get to The Fairway for safer access from Newhaven to Brighton, as we pointed out to East Sussex County Council here: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/a259-csh/. This section of un-adopted road is also an important access path for school children attending Meeching Valley Primary School, so this may be an opportunity to improve access for kids and cyclists.

Newhaven is under pressure to increase housing supply and this development would be in addition to other proposals in the same area. Cycle Seahaven will be suggesting that any development of this residential area (and all others), with it’s school and parks, must adequately consider active travel (walking and cycling) and access for mobility scooters. Such development must also consider how the other proposals in the area will impact safe access for residents, with a long-term view of implementing wide pavements and cycle routes instead of favouring only motor vehicles.

You can view the application and leave comments here: http://planningpa.lewes.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=NEVBQIJD00G00